Medicinal plant of South African origin, used mainly to treat acute bronchitis and cough, usually found in tincture (drops).


Name: Pelargonium
Binomial name: Pelargonium sidoides, Pelargonium reniform
French name: pelargonium , géranium du Cap
English name: Pelargonium
German name: Pelargonium
Italian name: Pelargonium
Spanish name: Pelargonium




Umckaline, coumarin derivatives, flavonoids , tannins.

parts used

Roots (rhizomes)


Antibacterial, expectorant, immune stimulant.


– Acute bronchitis
– Cough
– Respiratory infections
– Tuberculosis
–  Colds
– Sinusitis
– Flu

Secundary effects

In rare cases: digestive disorders, diseases of the nervous system, skin rashes.


Pregnancy, lactation, kidney, heart, liver or clotting problems and hypertension. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) advises against using pelargonium in children under 6 years of age.


none known


Internal use
– Tincture (drops)
According to (Swiss local reference site on health and pharmacy), check out the doses of Pelargonium tincture:
– 20 to 30 drops three times a day in the acute phase (bronchitis sharp, etc.).
– 10 to 20 drops 3 times a day for prevention, for at least one week.
Children from 6 to 12 years old:
– 10 to 20 drops 3 times a day.
Children from 6 months:
5 to 10 drops 3 times a day.

– Capsules

– Pills

Where does it grow?

Pelargonium sidoides (the species most commonly used) is a species whose genus is found only in South Africa. The bushes, which can reach 50 cm in height, are adorned with purple flowers.

– The Pelargonium plant was discovered (in the western world) by an Englishman, MCH Stevens infected by tuberculosis, who had left South Africa in 1897 to enjoy a milder climate. A sorcerer from South Africa gave him a decoction of pelargonium and the effect was very positive.

 – From a scientific point of view, several studies have demonstrated the antibacterial action of pelargonium and effectiveness in the treatment of acute bronchitis, for example. It seems that the pharmacological effect of Pelargonium is based on the fact that this plant prevents bacteria and viruses from attaching to the cells of the mucous membrane of the respiratory system.

– In 1983, the German drug manufacturer marketed a medicine based on Pelargonium sidoides, called Umckaloabo. Years later, the drug continues to be a commercial success around the world (Europe and North America in particular).

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